Rented the Old Stables as a party of 6 over the Christmas period and I can hand-on-heart say we all had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing time.
For the price we paid I would also say that we all felt that this was very good value for money, even at peak Xmas time!
The Old Stables majorly surpassed my expectations, it was much larger and roomier than I had pictured in my mind. It had that authentic country rustic feel to it and was well furnished to make for a very comfortable stay. It had a fully equipped kitchen, large dining table, sofas, TV and an exquisite wood burning stove. The bedrooms were well sized and comfortable. It also had a lovely Xmas tree, which was a very nice touch.
The grounds are huge and the woods behind make for an enjoyable refreshing walk. The place is ideal for those with dogs. There is also a pool table, which we very much enjoyed and I can imagine the tennis court is well used in the summer months.
The area itself is only a few minutes drive from various local towns, sites and pubs, Hereford town centre is about 10 minutes drive away. So a good location in general.
Ron and Ritsuko were very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this to any group or family seeking a nice country get away.
We've actually stayed here twice, which says something in itself, in a party with a family of five (us and children aged 16,13 and 12) and two parents of eighty who were conformably accommodated in their own rather lovely flat on the other side of the courtyard.
There's quite literally acres of grounds and a fine point bursting with toads and tadpoles right outside the door. A tennis court ripe for the playing with another, much larger pond right next to it. Sheep that can be hand fed and woods to walk in.
The accommodation is lovely and (a boon from teenagers' point of view) top-notch wifi available. Most luxurious of all, there's the option of a Japanese vegetarian banquet transported to your very table by Ron. Course after course of delicious food.
Supermarkets are a short drive away in Leominster and Hereford and you're a short drive away from Hay on Wye, the Small Breeds and Owl Centre (a rather more full day out than you might think), the Black and White Village trail and, for classical music buffs, the museum at Edward Elgar's birthplace.
This would be an absolutely brilliant place to stay for the Hay on Wye literary festival, I reckon. Or, frankly, at pretty much any other time for that matter.
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